Taught jointly by the Leo Baeck Institute and the Department of History)
(MA title is subject to approval)
The Leo Baeck MA is the only taught postgraduate programme in the UK focusing on the rich field of European Jewish History. It trains scholars towards undertaking independent research on Jewish history, culture and thought in Europe. You will consider patterns of inclusion and exclusion and questions of citizenship and emancipation. The MA will introduce you to a wide range of sources for European Jewish studies. Particular attention will be paid to the Jewish response to modernity and problems around issues of assimilation and identity. The role of antisemitism and the origins of the holocaust are central, as is Jewish intellectual history, in particular the ideas of eminent Jewish thinkers about the place of Jews and Judaism in premodern and modern society.
Programme outline The MA consists of the core module, three modules chosen from a series of options and an individually supervised dissertation. Students will also take a non-assessed research methods module. Part-time students take the core module and one option in the first year, and two options and dissertation in the second year.
Optional modules may include:
Modern Jewish History and Culture Christians and Jews in Europe: Perceptions and Encounters, 1100-1600 Jews, Power and Intellectual History Antisemitism and the Holocaust Modern European Jewish Literature Hollywood and the Second World War Understanding Religion Historically Overcoming Nazism